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Constantine 2005

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Horror starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a man who was born with a gift he didn't want - the ability to clearly recognise the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin. Constantine was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision, but he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now,...

Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror
Director Francis Lawrence
Starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz
Supporting actors Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gavin Rossdale, Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare, Jesse Ramirez, José Zúñiga, Francis Guinan, Larry Cedar, April Grace, Suzanne Whang, Jhoanna Trias, Alice Lo, Nicholas Downs, Tanoai Reed, Quinn Buniel
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
It seemed, when details of the casting for this film were released, that the minds of a million nerdy Hellblazer fans (me included) exploded in disbelief and anger. Keanu Reeves as John Constantine!! That's Keanu 'dark hair, American' Reeves as very English ex-punk, chain-smoker and Sting lookalike John Constantine!!! Eh, how's that gonna work?? we cried, and scratched our heads bemusedly.
Well, i have to say, i think the film is good. It's darker than most Hollywood productions, which is always welcome, and it does try valiantly to stick to some aspects of the comics. The biggest mistake made here is definately the changes in the character of Chas (shameful!), and not the casting of Keanu!
The premise is one fairly familiar to those who read comics of any sort i'd imagine, not a particularly in-depth plot, but one that adheres to JC's character very well, and draws on the Dangerous Habits story-lines. Basically, after trying to commit suicide, he is attempting to gain his place in heaven back by killing demons running free on Earth. He encounters a young cop, played by Rachel Weisz, who needs help investigating the strange death of her twin sister. Never fear though, this meeting does not herald the beginning of yet another dull, vacuous, pointless Hollywood love interest story-line. JC would much rather kiss a Marlboro than a girl, ya see!!
As the film goes on, a bigger plot is unveiled, involving the resurrection of the Devil's own son, here on Earth. There's a nice little acting debut from Gavin Rossdale as the snappy-dressing demon Balthazar, and a quite true-to-the-comics depiction of Papa Midnight by the great Djimon Hounsou.
For me, though the acting honours go to the superb Tilda Swinton as the Angel Gabriel.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have watched this film repeatedly and it should be good and, in some ways, it is, but it's not. Not really. I want it to be good. I'm always rooting for it, but it's not good, which is a shame, as it should be good.

Plus points - Keanu Reeves shows again - as he did in The Devil's Advocate - that he can do horror in a very cool, insouciant way. He makes sense of the whole John Constantine thing (best exemplified by the way he walks into Midnight's club and with his - well delivered - hand gesture to Lucifer at a critical moment.) Critical fans of the comic book should give him a break - who would be better? Tilda Swinton. Unclear there's any need to elaborate - that woman could read the voice over on Homes Under The Hammer and make it good. She's in this film - therefore it's better than it could have been.

Minus points - a lot, sadly. One, Shia la Boeuf - before he got famous and before he got good - Oh hang on - still waiting for the latter. Too much action; not enough creepiness. Seriously daft, Catholic theology based plot. Catholics don't believe the whole 'suicides go to Hell stuff' so why should a global audience buy it? The Exorcist, another catholic film, does it all far more subtly. Rachel Weitz - really under-whelming. She has two roles here and she stuffs them both up. To give her a break, the script gives her character(s) no chance to live or develop, but I thought she was wooden.

However the main problem with this is that it postulates a whole cosmology about demons and angels which makes human existence seem like a pathetic game of charades, which it may be, but i don't need a rubbish horror film to assert this. It is all best left to the imagination and - in this film - it's not.

Satan's a blast though
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Format: DVD
Keanu Reeves has returned to the big screen, alongside Rachel Weisz, in this action packed special effects extravaganza of a horror movie as John Constantine, a man who sees things that no-one else can see or want to see.
After trying to kill himself John Constantine has now got to try and earn his place back in heaven by ridding the earth of hellbound demons but things are getting worse as the Devil's son is trying to resurrect himself to unleash the Apocalypse.
Overall, the film was very good. However it did have the tendency to drag on so for those who like their action non-stop beware but stick with it because it does pay off. Also for the faint-hearted there are some 'jumpy' moments so beware also.

With some good performances by Reeves and Weisz, a good story, superb special effects and some jump out of your seat moments nothing can stop Constantine from entering your DVD collection.
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What is it about this film that makes me come back to it over and over again and to even buy it again on blu-ray? There are very few films that I will buy again on blu-ray, but amongst them are The Thing, Blade Runner and, when they come out, the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone - and this.

I know there is a lot wrong with this film, but it keeps reminding me of The Dark Knight which is another Warner Brothers film that I keep watching over and over. There are many similarities between them. No - not cast, director, crew or anything else that I can see on IMDB, but still both films have a fantastical film noir feel to them that, it seems, only Warner Brothers can do (other examples include, of course, The Matrix and even, from 1974, The Exorcist).

To start with, the sound tracks are similar. In both, a simple, insistent syncopated beat with largely acoustic instruments (violin, bass, guitar, marimba) is interspersed with moody orchestral chords. There are also one or two sound references to The Matrix, as when Isabel is standing on the roof of the hospital.
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